I heard a great quote about the reason why music is such an effective tool for worship: “Primarily music allows people to speak to God, God to speak to people, and people to speak to each other.” (Read that quote again and let it sink in.) In other words, music is a tool to “facilitate a three-way conversation” within the community of faith.
So what is your role is in this conversation? Every conversation needs at least two or more participants. As worshippers, we must engage and actively participate. Sometimes we listen; sometimes we sing, and at all times we must open ourselves to the Spirit of God as He moves, inspires, teaches, convicts, forgives, encourages, loves, and pours out grace and mercy upon us. In this way worship can be life-changing. As God reveals Himself to us, an appropriate response is to worship Him in song, in prayer, in giving, in praise, and in surrendering all to Jesus. When our “worship” at church has concluded, then the worship extends in “service” to God in our family, our community, and our world.
It would be a shame to come to a worship service and never enter into the conversation, especially when we know that God has something life-changing to say to us every time we gather. Hebrews 10:22 encourages us by saying, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” The old gospel song described the way we should draw near to God with these lyrics:
Fill my cup, Lord – I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more –
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!